ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Can Community Monitoring Improve the Accountability of Public Officials?

This article discusses the nature and characteristics of monitoring the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme's implementation with a focus on the community control mechanisms existing in the two pioneering states of Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh. These two states represent two relatively diverse models. Elements of both models need to be incorporated in order to make the process of community control of public programmes effective and sustainable.

Midday Meals in Two States

This article is based on the findings of a recent survey of the midday meal programme in Madhya Pradesh. Comparison of the new 'suruchi bhojan' with the old 'daliya' programme in the government primary schools in the survey area and observations on programme implementation in Karnataka, suggest a pressing need to overhaul the administrative and financial organisation of the scheme in order to increase its effectiveness. Urgent improvements in the nutritive content of meals and related infrastructure requires earmarked funds and a transparent and representative agency, for effectively implementing and monitoring the scheme, at the grassroots level.

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